Use recycled paper and cards. Wrapping paper and holiday cards are expensive, and rather wasteful both ecologically and economically. Reserve some newspapers throughout the year (the comics especially) and use to wrap presents, attaching other recycled materials for added flair. Ask the children to be creative and make “patchwork” wrapping paper, cutting old magazines and pasting bits together to make larger sheets. (Have a “recycled wrapping” contest for the kids in your extended family: see who can decorate the most unique present using nothing but recycled items!) Old Christmas cards can be cut up and collaged into lovely new designs; corporate cards are usually the sparkliest (yes, that’s a real word :o) and many companies will gladly donate them after the season has passed. Also consider sending your cards via email and mailing only to those who do not have the internet. This is truly a “green” solution – for your wallet and the environment!
Christmas Without Craziness – Step 2 December 8, 2010